Best Practice for PowerPoint Files in Blackboard Collaborate
Best Practice advice for when creating PowerPoint slides to use within Blackboard Collaborate.
Advice when creating PowerPoint slides for Collaborate Session
- Use Arial font
- Do not extended margins (keep default)
- Not too much wording as may cut off bottom of slide - create a new slide instead
- Keep the file name short without special characters
- File size limit of 60MB - best to keep as small as possible
- No animations (these will not work in Collaborate as the conversion tool flattens the documentation)
- No embedded video or audio files
- No high resolution images
Convert the PowerPoint to a PDF (Recommended)
It is recommended to convert your PowerPoint to PDF, then upload the PDF file instead to Collaborate. It will upload quicker and easier than a PowerPoint file. A PDF will not change when it's uploaded to Collaborate unlike a PowerPoint file as it has already gone through the conversion process when converting from a PowerPoint file to a PDF. Therefore you will know exactly what the slides will look like when uploading them to a Collaborate session.
Please see below for instructions on converting a PowerPoint to PDF.
Convert the PowerPoint to a PDF file (this is what the file will look like after it's been converted by the conversion tool in Collaborate, as well as quicker to upload a PDF file then a PowerPoint file to Collaborate)
If there are any issues with uploading the PowerPoint file to the Collaborate Ultra session, please see this webpage for workaround advice: